Measuring Health Development of Children and Youth Series – “Data Linkage” featuring Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD and Anne Gadermann, PhD

Featuring Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD (Scientific Director, Population Data BC) and Anne Gadermann, PhD (Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health), this webinar will demonstrate how to build capacity for data linkage.


Perhaps the most important data frontier entails linking of administrative population and clinical data systems to create new ways of understanding whole person health development over time. This will look at groundbreaking work in British Columbia to create a unique life course
data system.


Population Data BC (PopData) is a multi-university, data and education resource facilitating interdisciplinary research on the determinants of human health, well-being and development. PopData supports research access to individual-level, de-identified longitudinal data on British Columbia’s 4.7 million residents.


The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across B.C., Canada, and internationally.


This webinar will present an overview of some newly emerging child health research opportunities that take advantage of population-level data linkages. Examples of current child health data linkages in Canada will be presented. This will showcase emerging research questions that can be examined, as well as the challenges that may arise when working with administrative data linkages.


Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD (Faculty with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; Scientific Director, Population Data BC)


Anne Gadermann, PhD (Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health; Research Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences)


Webinar recording available here


Slides available soon